Thursday, July 24, 2014

around town

Hi everyone! 

Daisies at the Bank of America, Highlands

We are finally feeling somewhat settled in our mountain cottage. 
I  have unpacked most of the second load the movers brought last week. There are still plenty of boxes for me in the basement that I will go through this summer but we are now able to live normally. 

Ferns, lilies, rhododendron, coreopsis and spiderwort in our wooded backyard, no grass cutting!

Gooseneck loosestrife in our front yard.

I am finally getting out and exploring the beautiful towns of Highlands and Cashiers. 
It is fun to do errands on curvy scenic roads and visit all the boutiques and quant shops. No big box stores here! 

Flowers and ferns are everywhere. Crisp mountain air makes colors bright and foliage vibrant. 

Scaveola and ferns outside Vivace in Highlands

There are several garden stores and a few florists I will blog more about later but here are some random sighting from the last few days. I am kicking myself for not getting more shots of a favorite fern, the Australian Tree Fern. Many shops have at least one potted at their entrance. Some big, some small. 

This one

is placed outside of Rusticks, a wonderful shop I discovered a few days ago. I found a set of faux bamboo side tables for our guest room there. It sits on pretty Cashiers Lake in a great rustic lake house.

view from Rusticks porch

view of Rusticks in the distance across Cashiers Lake

Also in Cashiers is Fiddlehead Designs, a lovely florist and event planning co. I forgot to photograph the beautiful begonias and ferns on their front porch. I want to go back and purchase a few for our porch.

An orchid planter at Fiddlehead waiting to be delivered.

Summer Place Antiques has beautiful red hanging begonias  and late blooming hydrangea adorning their entrance...

They also have a pretty log railing with phlox next to the parking area. I will have to post about railings later because there are so many beautiful natural railings made by local craftsmen.

That's all for now. Oh one more thing, this is a view on the way home from Cashiers. 

We live almost halfway between Cashiers and Highlands, about 5 miles from each. This is the view from the road that most likely causes accidents every so often! It is fun to see it change with the weather. Our new favorite activity is mountain watching. Still have not seen a black bear but everyone else around here has!

Thanks for visiting !

Monday, July 7, 2014

Good morning from the mountains!

Sunrise this morning....

We are emerging from the unpacking exhaustion/no internet twilight zone! We had a whirlwind week of unpacking and then headed to Atlanta for a wedding and are now back in the mountains ready to make our cottage into a home.

Because we were able to purchase the porch furniture from the sellers, the porch has been our refuge.    It is the one almost finished room of the house. We rearranged the furniture, moving the sofa to the side and taking the console from the back wall into the seating area. It looked like this before.

Sunlight makes such a difference, this day was dark and dreary.

We added one of our jute rugs, a metal coffee table, a few extra pillows (we purchased the sellers orange and gold Sunbrella pillows) and some Indian throws. Still have some pottery in boxes in the basement to add to the mix. Maybe the small fiddle leaf fig that was purchased in SC.

We added a mirror we used in the upstairs hall of our last house to break up the back wall. It gives us a "window" that allows us to see the reflection of the view from our bedroom, adjacent to the porch.

I need something on the round side table between the wicker chairs, perhaps another outdoor lamp or the brown demijohn bottle we have, filled with some branches.

There is a little uncovered porch attached, with a kettle grill and metal table behind the pair of extra dining chairs.

It is the only part of the house that needs attention. The decking is mildewed and the railing needs a fresh coat of paint. We are kind of lazy and used to a gas grill so not sure if we will keep the Weber kettle.

That's all for now, going to tackle some more boxes in the basement today. We are also awaiting one more small truck of our belongings that did not fit in the moving van. It will hopefully arrive this week. So more boxes! 

We have ordered a new sofa, pillows and dining bench and will have to wait months for them to arrive. So the living areas are going to be sparse for some time. Our sofas and sectionals just did not suit this small cottage so we decided to start fresh.

We also have so much discovery awaiting us in the area, can't wait to get to that!

Thanks for visiting!

Monday, June 16, 2014

packing up

 Hi everyone! 
Just checking in before we get very busy with the move to our mountain cottage. I will get back to blogging once we make the move and are settling in. It will be interesting to see how our stuff will look in the mountains since we thought we were going to be on the coast! Light furniture and fabrics were saved from our family house, not the dark heavier things that look so perfect in the mountains. Oh well! Talk soon. xox

Thanks for visiting!

Monday, June 9, 2014

mountain porches

 design by Francie Hargrove

Highlands and its sister town, Cashiers, are both known for their beautiful mountain homes. Of course, most have covered decks or porches to capture the pretty views.
The screened porch below was a big selling point for us in the small ranch home we are buying. These are photos of the porch on the day we bid on the house. Plants and a rug will be added once we move in

along with a bit of furniture rearrangement, this feels a bit tight

The demijohn bottle, set of stationary chairs and round side table are going with the sellers.  But we are able to purchase the rocking chairs, sofa and dining set. I will be sure to post photos of sunny days on the porch soon, this day was quite dreary.

Here are some favorite mountain porch inspirations I have pinned...

a  Cashiers porch designed by Kathleen Rivers and featured in  House Beautiful. The striped rug!

this beauty was featured in House Beautiful

a Cashiers porch done by Phoebe Howard

A beautiful porch bar, done for the Cashiers Showhouse a few years ago. Checked fabrics look great in the mountains.

 design by Francie Hargrove

A log home in Highlands.... this home was actually owned by the same couple we are purchasing our home from. They had two homes in Highlands (one for family and friends) and are downsizing to a condominium.. The house was featured in Traditional Home.  Read more here. This is the same set of  porch furniture we are purchasing from them.

Kathleen Rivers designed this dining porch space that was featured in Garden & Gun. Fantastic view of Whiteside Mountain from this one.

A porch with black woodwork, painted wicker and awesome stone fireplace by Charleston designer Amelia Handegun.

I will be sure to regularly post some photos of our porch as we get settled. It will be the focal point of the house in the summer and fall.

Thanks for visiting!

Friday, June 6, 2014

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

heading to the mountains

Hi everyone! 

Dry Falls, Nantahala National Forest

Not much blogging lately due to some changes over here. After moving south in January and having almost completed a coastal house design for our lot on the Port Royal Sound, we have made a decision to make an "about face". I use that term because our decision is affected by a military decision announced in March to place approximately 80 new supersonic F 35 jets (you may have heard about them in the news for their cost overruns)  at the Air Station in Beaufort over the next few years.  

Whiteside Mountain, Highlands, NC

Since our break ground date was set for late June, we saw the timing as an opportunity to make a change. We decided to search for a home in other favorite areas of the Carolinas and ended up in beautiful Highlands, NC in the Nantahala National Forest. Since husband works from home, we are free to live anywhere with a good internet connection. Situated near the borders of SC, NC and GA, Highlands is a summer escape for Southerners. It and its sister city, Cashiers, are known for mountain views, waterfalls, hiking trails, and charming towns with excellent restaurants, pretty shops and a world renown inn.

Old Edwards Inn and Spa in downtown Highlands

We have purchased a small ranch home with a porch view of Whiteside Mountain in the distance. Here are a few shots of the house and lot, taken on a very cloudy afternoon as rain was approaching. Will post more once we make the move.

The home is well kept and decorated beautifully.  We love the raised ceiling and fireplace. 

We are purchasing most of the porch wicker, the sellers want to keep a few pieces. The view is difficult to see in the light of that day. There are plastic blinds in place that roll up for warm weather, they will keep things nice and dry through the winter.

Stone steps to the front door. They are taking the chimney pot, we wanted to purchase it. ;o(  I left ours with the buyers of our Ohio house because it covered the well pipe.

May trim foliage for an enhanced view. 

View from the garage. A drainage system is in place in the gravel driveway.

The street circles around a common land park with a playground and community garden plots.

We will move in late June. Our plan is to escape back to the Low Country in the winter months for sunny breaks. I will post in a few days with some beautiful images of mountain homes in the Highlands/Cashiers areas. 

Thanks for visiting!